Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath, Imelda Munster, has welcomed her appointment today as party Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, and her appointment to the Public Accounts Committee.
“It’s become clear that some areas of the country are not benefiting from FDI investment at all, and that the government have not brought forward any initiatives to tackle this serious neglect.
“This is all too apparent in my own town of Drogheda.
“At a time when Drogheda has suffered such neglect at the hands of this government, and other smaller towns in the constituency like Ardee and parts of East Meath, it’s vitally important that we get our fair share of investment.
“No longer can we be left out in the cold. Our town, and other parts of the constituency, have so much to offer and it’s high time the government woke up to this.
“Serious questions have arisen in relation to reports that IDA clients were steered away from establishing their bases in Drogheda and Ardee. If this was the case, then this raises serious concerns about the operations of the IDA.
“Other issues that are harming towns like Drogheda are high insurance costs for businesses, and the need to reform commercial rates. The uncertainty around Brexit is also looming over businesses, in particular in border regions. All these issues need to be tackled to ensure that jobs are protected and that new, good quality jobs are created to ensure that our towns and communities are given every opportunity to thrive.